Built Heritage

The Built Heritage specialisation addresses the conservation and future use and development of historic buildings, from preservation through to adaptive reuse.

Close up of the corner of a building with a pillar with an intricate pattern

Subject overview

Built Heritage covers the multidisciplinary nature of heritage conservation theory and practice. You will increase your knowledge of historic and modern buildings, exploring how they were built, how to assess their heritage value and how to look after them to ensure a long life in the future. You will also learn about the legislative and policy environment that impacts upon the longevity of old buildings.

You can choose courses from the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Art history
  • Museums and cultural heritage
  • Sociology

The School of Architecture and Planning is New Zealand’s leading tertiary educator in the architecture/built environment field.* We offer the country’s only masters qualification in heritage conservation.

* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

Where can Built Heritage take you?

You could contribute to real-world heritage conservation as a conservation or heritage consultant, or as a heritage advisor within central or local government. You could also work for private organisations looking to maintain their heritage buildings.

What can you study in Built Heritage?

  • Heritage legislation, policy and guidance
  • Heritage assessment
  • Conservation planning
  • Diagnosis and adaptation
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Conservation of materials

Built Heritage is offered as a subject within the Master of Heritage Conservation. You can undertake this programme as a standalone degree, or as one of our combined masters programmes.

Study options

Help and advice

For any study-related queries, contact the team at the Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre.